£2,000 raised in memory of Clitheroe charity champ

John Marsden
John Marsden

More than £2,000 in donations has been received in memory of a Clitheroe charity supporter who raised thousands during his lifetime.

Father-of-two, John Marsden, a retired magistrates’ clerk, of Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe, lost his battle with the cancer he had been fighting for four and a half years in February aged 71.

John aimed to raise £20,000 by the end of this year and it looks like we will do it and more

Ann Marsden

Despite being ill, John tenaciously worked to support the Solomon Project in Eldoret, Kenya.

The Lancaster Foundation project provides daily meals to chronically hungry children in their local school. The project gives children an incentive to attend school – to be fed – and through education gain a better future for themselves and their communities.

A keen fan of 1950s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll greats such as Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent, John – known to friends as “Maz” – and his wife Ann, organised rock n’ roll dances at The Grand, Clitheroe, raising £12,740.

Tickets for a rock ‘n’ roll memorial night at The Grand on April 19th organised in John’s memory has sold out.

John’s wife of 48 years, Ann, who would like to thank everybody for their support during these past weeks at this difficult time, told the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times: “John aimed to raise £20,000 by the end of this year and it looks like we will do it and more.

“John wanted to help these children by raising money for the feeding programme.”

Ann added that the Rock and Roll Memorial Night is going to be very emotional.

“But like John used to say ‘come on everybody on to the dance floor and let’s have a good night’.”

The next dance, after the rock ‘n’ roll memorial night in John’s memory, will take place at The Grand on Sunday December 6th.